51-year-old ultra-runner and multi-day stage race specialist, Carolin Botterill, wasn’t always into running. It wasn’t until she was 36, and a mum of three, that she began the journey which would ultimately lead to her becoming an ultra-runner – accidentally – via a bid to get fit and lose weight. At first she walked, then she ran, and just kept running. Now, 17 years later, Carolin has completed some of the toughest multi-day ultras on the planet, taking her from the Arctic Circle to the Peruvian jungle.
In one of the most insightful interviews I’ve posted, Carolin shares her experiences with me, including the lengths she goes to in order to acclimatise to extreme heat and cold ahead of her ultra-events.
As Editor-in-Chief of the Sunday Times’ Style supplement and former editor of Elle and Cosmopolitan magazine, 48-year-old Lorraine Candy is one of the most recognisable faces in British publishing. Her job takes her abroad for weeks at a time and to multiple evening events, which she juggles with the no-less demanding role of being a mother of four.
So what made the already time-poor Editor-in-Chief (who couldn’t swim more than four lengths of front crawl two years ago) decide to take on training for the seriously tough Lake Geneva ‘Signature 70’ relay swim?
Ahead of the 6-person, 70km relay, which takes place in just over a week’s time, I put some questions to Lorraine in order to find out.
Love cycling? Don’t miss a FREE talk next week with the inspiring American cyclist, Ayesha McGowan. Well on her way to achieving her ambition to become the first female African-American professional cyclist, Ayesha is a badass advocate of minorities and women in cycling.
Erin Bastian is an adventurer and expedition leader. Her love of sea kayaking (she’s a qualified instructor) has led to some epic adventures on sea, including paddling an incredible 800km down the west coast of Patagonia (one of the world’s toughest wildernesses), Chile, in 33 days.
She’s pretty awesome on bike and foot too, cycling 1300km around Iceland, and training for her upcoming running challenge to run the 190km-long, jagged mountain ridge of Corsica’s GR20.
Here, we kick off talking about Erin’s Chilean sea kayak expedition in Patagonia.
Photo Credit: Jack Chevell
Last weekend, Pro cyclist and sprint specialist, Jolien D’hoore, took the Belgium National Road Race title, adding four-time national road race champion to her cycling CV. Today, on the opening day of the Giro Rosa, Jolien will line up with her Wiggle High5 team mates to take on the Team Time Trial, so it seems fitting to share the chat I had with the 27-year-old ‘Belgian Bullet’ earlier this month.
I grabbed five minutes with Jolien a few hours ahead of her stage win on the final day of the OVO Women’s Tour in London.
The Sahara beckons in this four-day, open-water swimming event. The premise? You have four days and four stages to swim the Sahara.
What is Morocco Swim Trek?
It’s a four-day open-water swimming race, set in Morocco. Ignore the word ‘trek’. It’s just swimming!
18-year-old climber Georgia Pilkington is a British Para Climbing champion and two-time British Deaf Climbing Champion, who was diagnosed with autism two years ago.
In this interview we talk hairy climbing moments, finger strength training, and surviving mental meltdowns on The Matterhorn.
With too much work and too little training recently, my fitness has taken a serious nose-dive. I’m probably the least fit I’ve been in three years. I’ve even been struggling to get a burpees session in. (Unheard of!)
As part of her job for insight.tv. adventure presenter Francesca Chiorando gets paid to do some pretty cool things for a living. You might also recognise the keen obstacle course racer from last year’s reality TV show, Spartan X, which pitted contestants against each other in ‘games’ of physical strength and mental agility.
I grab some time with Fran to talk Troll hunting, Spartan X, and eating disgusting Icelandic delicacies as part of her new insight.tv Access All Areas TV series, which started yesterday.
I'm a sports/adventure journalist and copywriter, and I LOVE reading about badass women in sport, fitness and adventure. So I’m on a mission to find them, share their stories, and quiz them about their training, their motivation, and insider tips (totally hoping some badass magic will rub off on me along the way!). Plus I’ll bring you how-tos, must-have kit and tales of epic from some of the coolest and toughest events on the planet.